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Author Mallett, Ashley, author

Title The boys from St Francis / Ashley Mallett
Published Mile End, S.A. : Wakefield Press, 2018
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Description 1 online resource (xvi, 286 pages) : portraits
Summary This remarkable true story pays tribute to a band of Aboriginal boys who grew up together in one group home - many succeeding spectacularly in later life. In 1945, Anglican priest Father Percy Smith brought six boys from their Northern Territory home to an Adelaide beach suburb. There, they became the first boys of St Francis, a place that would house 50 such boys over 11 years. Some were sent, with the blessing of their mothers, to gain an education. Others were members of the Stolen Generations. In their interviews with Ashley Mallett, many of these men recall Father Smith's kindness and care. His successors, however, were often brutal, and the boys faced prejudice in a wider world largely built to exclude Indigenous Australians. The Boys from St Francis is a sometimes shocking, but ultimately hopeful book about black and white Australia, told through one constellation of lives, sharing one seaside address
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Adelaide (S.A.)
Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- Australia -- Adelaide (S.A.)
Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Relocation
Priests -- Australia -- Adelaide (S.A.)
Race relations
Stolen generations (Australia)
Aboriginal Australians.
Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care.
HISTORY / Australia & New Zealand
Race relations.
Stolen generations (Australia)
South Australia -- Adelaide.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1743055994 (electronic bk.)
9781743055991 (electronic bk.)